A Perverse Generation
Many believes don’t fully understand the wickedness of the first century generation in which the kingdom of God was ESTABLISHED and Began to advance. It was a generation likened unto Noah’s and Sodom. The amazing thing is that this generation was chosen to be the generation in which Jesus was born, died, and sent the Holy Spirit. If the kingdom could be established and advance in the first century generation, then it can surely advance in any generation.
Believers often make the mistake of applying these verses to the present generation, but the context makes them applicable to the generation that was living during the days of Christ, the first century generation. Jesus came at the end of Israel’s age, in the Fulness of time, when the harvest of wickedness was ripe. Revelation 14:15- And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. This was a part of the end time harvest, the harvest in the last days of Old Covenant Israel.
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
The generation that Jesus ministered to was identified as faithless and perverse. It was a wicked and untoward generation.
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
It was a generation of vipers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Jesus pronounced judgement on that generation.
The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
It was a demonized generation.
Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Christ was rejected by that generation.
But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
This wicked and adulterous generation was likened unto the unbelieving generation in the wilderness under Moses who did not enter Canaan. In like manner, many in the first century generation did not enter the kingdom, of which Canaan was a type.
The church in the first century was a chosen generation.
1 Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
They were chosen to see the establishment of the Kingdom. The kingdom has come, and it will advance from generation to generation.